Monthly Archives: May 2014

Lib Dems steal local elections!

Last Thursday’s local election results in England contain many examples of the unrepresentative nature of the First Past The Post (Winner takes all) voting system.  Rather than confuse you with too many of them, we have selected just two.  In … Continue reading

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BJP landslide in India, or not?

It was widely reported that the BJP (Hindu nationalist party) won a landslide victory in this month’s Indian general election. It was certainly a landslide in seats.  The NDA (BJP and allies) won 337 (62%) out of 543 seats. But … Continue reading

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A route to STV

If the Liberal Democrats take part in any coalition discussions in 2015, they must insist on Single Transferable Vote (STV) for local government elections. A recent New Statesman article – http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2014/05/2015-election-could-revive-electoral-reform-debate – reports that opinions polls predict that the Conservatives … Continue reading

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“Every Labour vote will count everywhere”

How eagerly I read every word of every Euro-election leaflet to discover the parties’ policies for Europe! Then I read in the Labour leaflet, “Every vote counts, everywhere in South East England”.  And, just in case voters failed to get … Continue reading

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“PR produces coalition governments”

So runs a frequent argument against PR and it was deployed in the recent New Statesman debate onhttp://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2014/05/2015-election-could-revive-… but it is spurious for two reasons: • It assumes that coalition government is bad but it is bad only for a party … Continue reading

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STV encourages civility

Recent research funded by the American FairVote (courtesy of the Democracy Fund) suggests that preferential voting (i.e. STV or AV), known as ranked choice voting (RCV) in the USA, is gaining favour among voters and candidates alike, who see it … Continue reading

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Balanced Parliaments are good

According to Quentin Letts in the Daily Mail (which is not usually a friend of electoral reform) on 1 May 2014, Sir Robert Rogers, Clerk of the Commons, wrote a letter to the Speaker announcing his departure. “The letter spoke … Continue reading

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